The sopranos: post‐op virtuosi

  title={The sopranos: post‐op virtuosi},
  author={William A. Frosch},
  journal={The FASEB Journal},
  • W. Frosch
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • History
  • The FASEB Journal
Like comets, the great castrati (surgical sopranos) emerged from the dark of the middle ages, enjoyed a relatively brief, glorious blaze in post-Renaissance Europe, then faded and disappeared. Their trajectory was influenced by economics, religious belief, and aesthetic fashion of the day. They may well have been the greatest singers ever known; we certainly will not hear their like again. The importance of the male genitals for both procreation and pleasure must have been recognized early in… 

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